The East Coast's largest pop culture convention returned to Gotham City this month. Once again, ReedPop's New York Comic Con (NYCC) drew massive numbers of fans to the Javits Center in midtown Manhattan for the the latest in movies, graphic novels, comics, anime, manga, video games, toys, and television.
In April, I attended the 15th Annual Yale Healthcare Conference on the Ivy League campus in New Haven, Connecticut. Approximately 600 professionals and medical students attended the sold-out event to engage in multidisciplinary and instructive discussions concerning current healthcare issues. My highlights from the conference with the theme of Reimagining A Diverse And Empathetic Healthcare System, Changing Perspectives on Delivery & Disparities.
This month, leading crypto media company Coindesk partnered with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) again to host the second annual Blockchain Week NYC. Industry stakeholders from over 100 countries convened throughout the city for a week of meetings and events, most notably Consensus, the blockchain technology summit presented by Coindesk.
I think my first visit to Dallas, Texas was pre-2000. I returned early this month for the Restaurant Innovation Summit #RIS2018 hosted at the Empire Room, in the city's Design District. I was joined by senior to C-level management from restaurant categories including casual, fast-casual, family dining, big brands, and quick-service to learn how innovation is elevating the guest experience, maximizing operations and staying ahead of trends in technology.
This month, I returned to Amsterdam for the 23rd edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world's biggest celebration of dance music.
StartupBus describes its purpose as "combining the energy of a hackathon and the magic of a road trip [to provide] the ultimate adventure on wheels." While this is the 9th year in a row that the competition has been in operation, 2018 marks the first time one of the StartupBuses was dedicated to women⁺ and gender non-conforming individuals. From 27 April to 1 May, I joined the history-making bus from New York City to New Orleans with a selected group of almost 30 talented designers, developers, and influencers who competed to build and launch the best startup among 8 different regions: Silicon Valley, New York City, Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis, Tampa, Dallas, and Mexico City. My highlights of the week below:
Leading crypto media company Coindesk partnered with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to host the inaugural Blockchain Week NYC this month. During this period, Coindesk presented its blockchain technology summit, Consensus. Featuring over 250 speakers, the anchor event drew upwards of 8,000 attendees from more than 70 countries -- A massive increase from the prior year’s count of 2,000. Media outlets that sent reporters included: American Banker, Business Insider, Bloomberg, CNBC, Entrepreneur, Esquire, Forbes, Financial Times, Fortune, Handelsblatt, MarketWatch, New York Post, Quartz, The Economist, The New York Times (NYT), The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Thomson Reuters. My highlights of the week below, with extensive comments from new connections in the crypto community:
I attended the first day of the 2018 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan. Show dates span 30 March to 8 April. Lots to see, and lots of new car smell. My highlights below:
With the encouragement of infographic design agency, NowSourcing's President and Founder Brian Wallace, I found myself applying to lead mentor sessions at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW (or as the locals simply say, "South by")). Thanks to a supportive community, my submission was accepted and I subsequently spent a week at the music, film and interactive festival held annually in Austin, Texas. What a fantastic experience (Even if my Asian Tiger Parents didn't express any excitement until they heard that Tesla's Elon Musk was there)! My highlights below:
I visited Miami about half a dozen times when I was engaged to fiance #2. He loves Florida and moved to the state before our final break-up in 2010. I never returned until this year, after I made myself single again (I’m very good at this) right before Valentine’s Day. I had a fantastic time “living my best life” on my solo trip. #YOLO My highlights below:
Over two and a half years ago, I first visited Amsterdam to learn about the city's explosive growth in entrepreneurship. At the time, the region was home to over 2,500 international businesses, accounting for approximately 15 percent of total employment. This year, I returned to the highly innovative city to find that Old Amsterdam beguiles me as much as as much as my beloved New Amsterdam, aka New York City. Both cities are global hubs of delights for every sense! My highlights below: